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I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to some longer days and a little more sunshine. Recently, I was lucky enough to travel overseas where I spent a couple of weeks with my son who is there for a year before college. It's fun at this age to be able to put parenting aside and reap the benefits of all that time spent together in the early years.

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This issue is very special in that we are featuring the champions of our annual Best of the Nest. You voted, and now we are proud to show off the business owners in our community that rise to the top for kids and parents.

Bend Nest recently caught up with the experts on what's so great about mothers. Little Feet on the Street makes its debut just in time for Mother's Day.

This time of year, most everyone is at least thinking about spring cleaning. Popping up here and there are organization specialists who can help sort your belongings and provide tips for living a simpler life. Check out Annette Benedetti's article on the topic of organization in Trending.

Most of us have heard about school-based health centers, but may not be aware of some of the rights given to children as young as 14 when it comes to parental consent. Learn more about this invaluable service in our Health section.

One of the benefits of our community coming together and approving the school bond in 2017 is that a new elementary school will be opening its doors come this fall. In Education, Jaclyn Brandt breaks down the school boundaries and fills us in on those affected by the newly drawn lines.

Concerning education outside the public schools, find out more about some wonderful opportunities for children who are musically inclined at the Cascade School of Music. They have a new Executive Director, as well as a new and improved space.

In Outdoors, this issue, Suzanne Johnson shares her expertise on honeybees and has some beautiful ideas for making a bee-friendly garden as well as sharing some recipes for treats made with honey.

And, who hasn't heard of The Cottage Day Care in Bend? In Things I've Learned, we highlight the founder and visionary behind this loving mainstay of Bend.

This issue has some fabulous and fun articles that we are sure you will enjoy.

Welcome to spring! And Happy Mother's Day!

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